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On the Sabbath Day, Jesus Rested

The Last Week of Jesus’ ministry was marked by some radical days: On Sunday, the Triumphal Entry, weeping over Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19).

Monday, Jesus cursed the out of season fig tree (Matthew 21:18-22; Mark 11:12-14), and, for the 2nd time, cleansed the Temple of those who turned it into a marketplace (Luke 19:45-46, also see Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19;).

Tuesday, Jesus taught in the Temple courts (Matthew 21:23-39; Matthew 22:37; Mark 11:20-12:44; Luke 20:1-21:4; Luke 21:1-4; John 12:20-50), debated the religious leaders in Israel (Matthew 23:13-39, Mark 12:17; Luke 20:20-26)), silencing them, and then taught His disciples on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21:5-38).

Wednesday, in the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus, Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with her tears (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8). In the Evening, Judas would arrange to betray Jesus with the Pharisees (Mathew 26:14-16).

Thursday, Jesus observed the Passover with His disciples and washed their feet, also instituting the Lord’s supper (Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:1-30), gave his disciples His last lessons while praying over them (John 13-17), and went to the Garden of Gethsemane where He was betrayed, arrested, abandoned by His remaining followers (Matthew 26:30, 36-46; Mark 14:26, 32-42; Luke 22:39-46, John 18:2-9).

Friday, Jesus was tried by the Jewish Authorities in the early morning hours (Matthew 27:2) and Peter denied Him 3 times (Matthew 26:57-27:10; Mark 14:53-72; Luke 22:54-71; John 18:12-27). Judas hanged himself (Matthew 27:3-11; Acts 1:18), He was dragged before Pilate, and then sent to Herod, where neither ruler wanted to deal with Him or Kill Him, and Pilate tried to save His life before bowing to the will of the angry mob the Pharisees had gathered, releasing, instead, Barabbas the murderer (Matthew 27:11-31; Mark 15:1-20; Luke 23:1-25; John 18:18-19:16). Finally, Jesus was beaten, mocked and crucified (Matthew 27:32-61; Mark 15:21-47; Luke 23:26-56; John 19:17-47). He was laid to rest by Nicodemus the Pharisee and Joseph of Arimathea (John 19:38-42).

On the Sabbath day, Jesus lay in a tomb, He rested from His labors. On the Sabbath Day, Jesus Rested.

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